South Africa


South Africa finally begins digital switchover

South Africa has begun the process of digital switchover, with the Square Kilometer Array areas of the Northern Cape region the first to switch off analogue broadcasts. Analogue transmitters covering the towns of Van Wyksvlei; Brandvlei; Williston; Vosburg and Carnarvon were scheduled to be switched off on Friday. Following the initial phase of the project, analogue […]

South African minister faces grilling over SABC crisis

South African communications minister Faith Muthambi is to face parliamentarians today amid criticism of her lack of action over a crisis enveloping state broadcasters SABC. The hearing follows a series of controversial editorial decisions by SABC including the alleged censorship of violent protests and demands from broadcasting regulator Icasa that the banning of coverage of […]

SABC boss resigns, criticises ‘corrosive’ broadcaster

The acting head of the SABC, Jimi Matthews, has resigned, saying there is a “corrosive atmosphere” at the South African public broadcaster. The SABC confirmed Matthews’ departure, noting his resignation, tendered on Monday, was effective immediately. Having been head of news at the broadcaster, he became acting CEO in the wake of Frans Matlala being suspended […]

South African regulator launches pay TV probe

South African regulator ICASA has launched an enquiry into pay TV in the country to address a perceived lack of competition in the market. The enquiry will led by ICASA Council member Katharina Pillay, working with deputies Nomvuyiso Batyi and Botlenyana Mokhele. Announcing the enquiry, Pillay said that ICASA had “the responsibility to ensure that […]

Trace Sport Stars launches on South Africa’s OpenView HD

Sports lifestyle channel, Trace Sport Stars, is due to go live this week on South African free digital satellite platform, Openview HD. The channel will go live at 12pm this Friday on Channel 154, broadcasting content about sports stars’ “passions, commitments and their secrets”. “We are delighted about the new partnership with OpenView HD. Viewers […]

A+E appoints African channels boss

A+E Networks has named a new general manager for Africa. Yusuf Nabee will take up the newly-created role on June 1, charged with securing new distribution for A+E’s regional channels portfolio and creating new commercial opportunities. He will be based out of Johannesburg, where he will build out a full local team. Nabee joins from […]

BBC trials new responsive news site

The BBC has launched a new responsive news website designed to present content on mobile devices, available via its BBC Taster site. BBC Drop, designed by Kenya-based startup Ongair in partnership with the BBC, emerged from a hackathon event organised by the BBC World Service and the BBC’s digital Connected Studio unit. The BBC invited […]

MultiChoice launches GOtv in South Africa

South Africa’s MultiChoice has launched its GOtv digital-terrestrial pay TV service in its home market for the first time. The launch of the DTT pay platform, which is available in 11 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, is designed to replace MultiChoice’s M-Net analogue pay TV service with an offering aimed at lower-spending customers. GOtv South Africa […]

Naspers, Samsung tipped to take on Netflix

Africa-based media giant Naspers is going to roll out its Showmax SVOD service in a raft of new territories, according to numerous reports. Naspers, which runs the Multichoice African pay TV platform, announced its much-anticipated Showmax streaming service in August. At the launch, Showmax management said it was being unashamedly ambitious, and had big plans […]

MultiChoice partners with Elemental for streaming, VoD

African pay TV provider MultiChoice has partnered with Elemental for the live streaming and video-on-demand delivery of its DStv online service. The companies said that the streaming agreement will make DStv’s sports and entertainment content available on smartphones and tablets to more than 10 million subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa. MultiChoice is also using Elemental to […]

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